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Ableton updates Live to v7.0.16

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Ableton Live 7

Ableton has released version 7.0.16 of Live, the complete music solution for Mac OS and Windows.

Improvements in Live 7.0.16

  • Several improvements for the APC40.
  • Support for Live Lite 7 Zoom Edition.

Download a demo of Ableton Live here.

Visit Ableton for more information.


Short links for March 26th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Mike Cook Arduinocaster

# Arduinocaster shreds in MIDI

Mike Cook takes the keytar to the next level.

Arduinocaster is a an Arduino based MIDI instrument modelled on a guitar sometimes called a keytar. It uses switches and LEDs to control six "strings" which are held down in guitar like chords. Triggering the strings is through an opto reflective switch for a continuous repeating strum and four touch sensitive switches for a one off sequence. There are three banks of four picking / strumming / arpeggio styles and a three octave capo. Voice change information can also be sent.

# glitchNES – NO CARRIER/Don Miller’s glitchNES is an open source software project for the Nintendo Entertainment System. This software causes graphical glitches similar to hardware circuit-bending. The current version is 0.1 (initial release).
Link via CDM

Clubhouse Strummer

# Dinosaurs and Robots: The Clubhouse Strummer

Mark Frauenfelder writes:

My goal was to make an electric string instrument that uses drone tuning. I don't know anything about music theory, but drone tuning is a way to tune an instrument that makes it sound good no matter what you do with your fret fingers. Sitars, some dulcimers, and bagpipes use drone tuning. The clubhouse strummer uses GDG tuning (the Gs are one octave apart). I copied the fret layout from a strumstick, but I could have used this handy mountain dulcimer fret calculator to figure out the fret spacing.

# – Flash Player 10 Beta: Dynamic Sound
Learn how to dynamically create sounds using the new features in Astro.

# Synth1 random preset generator
Christophe Roussy created a utility to generate random presets for Synth 1.

Synth1 is my favorite free software synthesizer to this date. There are a lot of preset banks available on the web. I had a look at the preset format and thought it would be easy to generate random presets if I could figure out how the values are stored. I decided to write a small Java application that can generate random presets.

# Free Korg MS-20 Patches
Waveformless offers some free patches for Korg's MS-20 synth plug-in.

8bitcollective drum machine compilation

# little-scale: Drum Machine Compilation

Kezziebeat writes:

"Due to a song I created just a couple of days ago, I became inspired to start this compo. I want to make a compilation of songs using only kick drums and noise. Yes, only drums. No leads, no melodies, no arps (even slutty ones). I want to see what people can create when they only have a beat to work with.

# Zoom H4n review – Brad Linder takes a look at the latest Zoom H4 field recorder.


Short links for January 12th, 2009

Some interesting things I found recently:

Zoom H4N

# First look at the Zoom H4N digital audio recorder

Brad Linder takes a look at the Zoom H4N, a digital pocket recorder.

I got a chance to stop by the Samson booth at CES yesterday and check out the new Zoom H4N digital audio recorder. This flash recorder is an upgraded version of the Zoom H4, but Zoom and Samson don't plan to phase out the older model. Rather, they'll now offer flash recorders in three price ranges, $199 for the Zoom H2, $249 to $299 for the Zoom H4, and $349 for the zoom H4N, which is a bit closer to being a pro audio device. The new recorder should begin shipping in February.

# Like a DIY NAMM: Handmade Music Preview, with Gestural Gadgets, Mannequin Parts, More

Peter Kirn posts details on some of the DIY projects that you can go check out for yourself at the upcoming Handmade Music Night, this thursday in NYC.

What’s new in the world of music technological creations? It’s stunning how much people are creating in their private workshops and bedrooms. I’m pleased to have the chance to share it virtually here, and Thursday night in person in New York City.

Here’s a look at the projects. It’s a bit like having an all-DIY, oddball music tech trade show – eat your heart out, NAMM show! (Warning: one slightly not-safe-for-work clip of a mannequin getting felt up.)

# Stanwood craftsman puts human touch on factory-made pianos – Darrell Fandrich is a micromaker of pianos, importing instruments from China and parts from Europe and the U.S. and rebuilding them as Fandrich & Sons pianos. A craftsman in an assembly-line world, Fandrich hopes that human touch can turn back the clock on pianos built by conveyor belt.

# Interview With Smule’s Dr. Ge Wang (Maker of iPhone Ocarina)

Modulate This interview with Dr. Ge Wang

Mark Mosher interviews Dr. Ge Wang, CTO and Co-founder of

Smule are the makers of extremely popular and innovative iPhone applications such as Sonic Lighter and Ocarina. Dr. Wang is also an assistant professor at Stanford University, at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Princeton University and a BS in Computer Science from Duke University. Ge is the creator and chief architect of the ChucK audio programming language, and the founding director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

I asked a wide variety of questions in this interview – so – whether you are a musician, a developer, an iPhone user, or an entrepreneur, I hope you find this interview interesting and enlightening.

The interview is available in YouTube and mp3 formats.

# Music Thing: The end of Music Thing, for now. – I’m sure you’ve heard the news… Thanks Music Thing for all the great posts over the years.


rekkerd sound recordings vol 1

I recently recorded some everyday sounds with a little pocket recorder.

For the recording I used the Zoom H2, a lovely compact digital recorder (review by Echo Voodoo here).

After editing the recording I ended up with 85 files, in 24-bit/44kHz, stereo .wav format. The samples include sounds of me tapping on various objects (glass, lamp, vase etc.), wiggling keys, playing with some bicycle parts and more.

Download the sample pack (19.1 MB) below.

rekkerd sound recordings vol 1 Downloads: 8529 times

Let me know if these are useful to you and I’ll go out again and record some more sounds.


Review: Zoom H2 Handy Recorder

As some of you might know I regularly enter contests at the KVR Music Cafe. Another regular there is a guy called “Echo Voodoo”.

I noticed how he was using a Zoom H2 to record vocals and since I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these recordings, I asked him how he liked this little device…

Zoom H2 Handy Recorder – my impressions (by Echo Voodoo)

Zoom H2

As a musical hobbiest and home recordist, I had been looking for a portable, easy-to-use, high-quality recorder for quite a while. I had been using a Sony Hi-MD minidisc recorder with an external microphone for about a year, but wasn’t entirely happy with either the sound quality or the portability.

Then, in September 2007, Zoom released their H2 Handy Recorder, and all of my personal portable recording needs were answered.

The Zoom H2 is a compact digital recorder with 4 built-in microphones. It runs on 2 AA batteries, and it’s small enough that it actually fits into my pocket comfortably. It’s fast and easy to use – from the time you flick the power switch until you’re recording audio is under 10 seconds.

You can plug an external microphone into the unit through the 1/8″ jack, but I’ve never done that. The internal mics are excellent. As soon as I started using the H2 for recording vocals, I received compliments on the improved sound quality compared to my previous songs. It can record in 24 bit/96 kHz WAV if you want, or to MP3, though I only use it to record 16bit/44.1kHz WAV myself.

The 4 microphones are arranged with 2 facing front and 2 facing back. The front mics are fixed in a 90 degree directivity angle, and the back mics are fixed at 120 degrees. You can record either front, back, or both at the same time. If recording with both front and back, you can either record to stereo, or have it record seperate stereo tracks for both front and back at the same time so that you have a 360 degree recording.

Zoom H2 microphones
The microphone positions allow for recording from the front at 90°, and from the rear at 120°

It records directly to an SD card. I currently use a 2GB card, which will hold a little over 3 hours of 16/44.1 audio. I’ve read about people using up to 8GB cards without a problem.

The H2 can stand on its own, though it isn’t terribly stable unless it’s on a flat surface. Fortunately, it comes with a desk stand adapter and a microphone stand adapter, both of which screw into the bottom of the unit. In fact, you can screw the unit onto any standard camera tripod, if you desire.

The H2 comes with many features that I never use. It has a built-in metronome and tuner. It can be used as a microphone for your computer through the USB port. It has compressor and limiter settings. It comes with a windscreen.

So what’s not to like about the H2? Well, it’s not for everyone. I’ve read reports that the connection for external mics is a bit noisy. The compressor and limiter work after the digital conversion, so there’s really no advantage to using them versus doing the compressing and limiting in software afterwards. The MP3 encoder is reportedly not the best, and may introduce some annoying noises. And there’s some question about whether the H2 has a low-enough noise floor to benefit from recording at 24/96 compared to 16/44.1.

But frankly, none of those issues have ever affected me personally. I use the internal microphones and record straight to 16/44.1 WAV files, and that’s pretty much the only way I’ve ever intended to use it. The only issue I’ve ever had is handling noise. When using the internal mics, the H2 is very sensitive to handling noise. If you keep your fingers exactly in the same place and don’t fidget or move them over the surface, it’s okay, but any sliding on the surface of the unit will be picked up loud and clear in the recording.

Personally, I’m extremely happy with the Zoom H2, and I consider it one of the best audio-related purchases I’ve ever made. I’ve used it to record vocals, acoustic instruments (ukulele, tambourine, bongos, djembes), outdoor sounds for field-recorded samples, and family gatherings. It’s easy portability and use mean that I can pull it out of my pocket, turn it on, place it on a flat surface, press the ‘record’ button twice, and everything is set. It’s point-and-shoot audio recording at its finest.

More information: Zoom H2


Short links for March 28th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 28th, 2008:

  • Musical Furnishings – The Musical Rumba Series – Design your own personal drum table with durable, interchangeable and rearrangeable percussion inserts. Choose from four different sized tables to suit your musical and space needs. The smallest table accepts four of the smaller instruments and the largest accepts sixteen.
Musical Furnishings - The Musical Rumba Series
Musical Furnishings – The Musical Rumba Series

Short links for March 25th, 2008

Some interesting things I bookmarked on on March 25th, 2008:

Zoom H2, Marantz PMD 620 and Sony PCM D50
Zoom H2, Marantz PMD 620 and Sony PCM D50